Investment opportunities for local organisations

Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council is developing new opportunities for social enterprises, local businesses and voluntary organisations to grow and develop.

The ‘Social Investment, Creating Big Potential in Calderdale’ event has been organised by Calderdale Council, with Key Fund and  the Community Foundation for Calderdale, for social ventures and community enterprises looking for investment and advice.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale will also be launching its new ‘Community Investment Fund’, which will provide investment and support to voluntary and social enterprise organisations in partnership with the Key Fund.

The event is being held on Thursday 25 September from 9.30am until 12.30pm, at the Mereside Cafe in Shibden Park, Halifax, and will give local organisations the opportunity to apply for funding to help grow their business.

The morning will also include presentations from Sam Tarff, the CEO of Key Fund, and an introduction to Big Potential – a new £10 million lottery fund for eligible voluntary, community and social enterprises organisations.

Steve Duncan, the CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, will be launching the Community Investment Fund at 11am.

Organisations attending can speak to Big Potential support providers and ask questions to a panel of social investment leaders, to further help them develop their ideas.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Stephen Baines, said:

“This is a real opportunity for local businesses and organisations to get advice to help them to increase their potential and learn about the funding opportunities available within the Council and also other external funding options.

“Events like this not only offer the chance for organisations to learn about investment, but also to meet other valuable contacts, and learn from each other.”

Steve Duncan CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) said:

“We at CFFC are always looking for new and innovative ways to support our Voluntary and Social Enterprise Organisations. We have funded 1000s of groups in the last 23 years and are very excited to launch this new programme to help make groups more sustainable and effective.”

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Notes to editors:

Key Fund is an Approved Provider for Investment Readiness work funded by the Big Potential Programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by the Social Investment Business.  

Community Foundation for Calderdale’s mission is “To improve the lives of people in Calderdale by raising and distributing funds, using our knowledge of local communities and working with others to target actions that will make the most positive difference.” The Foundation has distributed over £17 million in grants to groups Calderdale in the last 23 years. See more at: link)

Big Lottery Fund’s new £10 million fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprises organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England. If you would like to find out more, read the dedicated blog.  

Alternatively check out the brand new Big Potential website which includes fantastic learning and development content and in-depth information on social investment including case studies, guides and a fully automated diagnostic tool which will be a helpful companion to any VCSE organisation starting its social investment journey.

More information about Community Foundation for Calderdale: link)   

More information about Key Fund: link)

More information about Big Potential: link)

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